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If Only



If only it weren't too late
to tell you to be careful what you think
when you first start to think,
to be careful what you feel
when you first start to feel,
to be careful (but not too careful)
when you first start to act—
too late      too late      too late.
By the time you acted,
by the time you felt,
by the time you thought,
there was no chance at all.
By the time we've begun,
we're done.

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.